Driving the ministerial Merc from one end of the country to another costs us taxpayers a lot. Shopping around for cheaper petrol could save buckets of money.
Petrol station price comparison website www.pumps.ie should be on every minister's iPhone or BlackBerry. Driving 100,000km per year in a Merc E Class will use about 8,000 litres of petrol. Saving eight cent on each litre means the taxpayer doesn't have to find another €640 per year. Per minister. Per Merc. Price for a litre in Dublin on October 3 from pumps.ie.
Best: Topaz Hartstown 126.9 cent per litre
Avoid: Texaco Stillorgan 134.9
Saving: €4 on a 50-litre fill up